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For the Maltese city on Gozo Island which can also be called Rabat, see Victoria, Malta.

Rabat, population 787,745 (1994), is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Oued Bou Regreg . On the facing shore of Oued Bou Regreg lies Salė , Rabat's bedroom community. Unfortunately, silting problems have diminished the city's role as a port, but Rabat and Salė still maintain textile industries.

There have been settlements on the site since ancient times. It became a Muslim fortress circa 700. Prior to Moroccan independence in 1956, Rabat was capital of the French protectorate of Morocco since it was invaded by France in 1912.

Muhammad V University is located in the city.

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